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The #1 Way To Spot A Bad Android TV Box

The wave of Android TV boxes here in Trinidad & Tobago is growing. People are looking for more affordable ways to watch TV without having to increase monthly bills with service providers. Getting yourself an Android box ensures you will have maximum content at your fingertips on demand.

With higher demands, there are more people now than ever before looking to cash in while it is hot. The problem is, like many other things, the people who are selling these boxes have very little understanding of how they work.

This is now leading to retailers trying to find the cheapest products on the market to sell for high prices or the costs of some of the newer devices.

Now there is a huge selection of Android boxes on the market which you should probably stop purchasing. So to help you out here is probably the biggest thing you should look at to help determine whether or not the retailer is selling you old, overpriced equipment.


#1 Reason: Always Check the Android O/S Version

Before you buy yourself a box, whether locally or online, take a look at the software version. Currently, the newest crop of Android boxes is running Android 7.1 software.


The latest version of the O/S for Android Boxes is currently 8.0.

That being said, there is no way anybody should be selling you a box for $TT500-$TT650 and the software/hardware on the box is severely outdated.

Our rule of thumb is this: If the box is currently running an Android O/S version lower then 6.0, save yourself the hassle and don’t buy it.

This will save you from purchasing a box that is running on older hardware and will definitely last you longer. We now have service providers offering much faster internet speeds, and the reason why a lot of you are experiencing buffering in playback or system lag is not that of your speed, but the box you currently own simply cannot handle it.

This comes down to the older hardware and software. So one last reminder, when looking for an Android TV box, the current O/S version on the latest boxes is 7.1. Don’t purchase anything below 6.0 and that will save you a lot of headaches, and also from those retailers trying to sell your old hardware for top dollar.

If you have any questions about purchasing an Android box, tips for picking a good one, or questions about apps. Give us a shout or leave a comment.


Check out the brand new Mx9 Android Box. It is the first Android Box to run one of the gem CPU’s from the CES 2017 conference, the Rockchip 3328 and is also the first box to run Android Nougat 7.1. Click the pic below and check it out.


MX9 Android box


Keron Mcleish

Keron McLeish is the owner of Droid Island and has over 10+ years of international experience working for some of the biggest brands in mobile such as Apple, Telus, and Rogers. He is located in Trinidad and Tobago and is a trusted mobile expert in the region. In his off time, he can be found shooting airballs on the basketball court or eating a bake and shark on the beach.

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